Director, Defence, Cyber & Space
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)
Division of Research and Innovation
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Michael Webb joined the University of Adelaide in July 2008 where he is currently Director, Defence and Security, providing a single point of contact within the University for Defence and Security related research and education. In addition, Michael continues as the Deputy Director (Defence) at the Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking (CDCIN). His research interests include policy defined networking, network traffic profiling and understanding the dynamics of trust in society as applied to cyber security. Michael has a PhD in physics from the University of St Andrews and a Master’s in mathematical psychology from the University of Adelaide. Prior to working in academia, Michael worked in the Defence Science and Technology Group for over 20 years. While at DST Group he led research in the following areas: over-the-horizon and microwave radar; signals intelligence; and command & control. Michael received the Australian Operational Service Medal (Iraq and ICAT) for his leadership of a mixed military and civilian team in the evaluation of the deployed Defence communications capability in the Middle-East Area of Operations during 2006. Michael also received a commendation for the David Marr Prize in Cognitive Science (2004), recognition for his outstanding contribution to re-architecting the Australian Signals Directorate (2000), and an Outstanding Presentation Award for IEEE MTT-S (1994). Since moving into the university sector, Michael has led a diverse range of applied research including: development of a C3 stress modelling methodology for application to Special Forces missions and Australia’s Joint Amphibious Capability; development of an information architecture for Australia’s highly dispersed Electronic Warfare capability; technology forecasting for Australia’s Special Forces; development of a prototype Strategic Common Picture (STRATCP) for Defence’s Strategic Command Group; as well as the development of a number of decision support and modelling applications in Defence communications.
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